People at the event could choose between three different workshops. T-shirts became flower pot hangers with What.Eve.Wears; scrap textile became jewellery with Anay Designs; and paper waste became origami bracelets and pouches with REdesigner. While it appeared to be just a fun after-work hangout, the event served a significant purpose.
On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed and twice as many were injured when a garment-making complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After this, Fashion Revolution was born with the intention to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion and show the world that change is possible.
Daniela Ragni from Caritas said they also started their own campaign on ethical fashion in the aftermath of the accident called Fashion Victims in 2014.
“We want to motivate to motivate people to think about their fashion habits and think that if they change something, they could also have a positive impact in the fashion industry,” Ragni told Delano. “At Caritas, we’re trying to work on consumption. Here in Luxembourg, we consume so much. We’re used to buying and buying more.”
Old T-shirts were cut into strips and tied together to make flower pot hangers
Upcycling allows people to use what they already have and turn it into something else in order to limit waste.
Stylianee Parascha from What.Eve.Wears is one of the coordinators of Fashion Revolution Luxembourg. She wanted to find a way to get people involved with fashion who can’t sew and aren’t skilled in fashion design.
“Many people come to me and say, ‘I don’t know how to use my hands,’ and I tell them, ‘No. You come, and you’ll improve,’” Parascha said. “It’s important to be creative and to use your hands and do DIY stuff.”
Participants could choose from a variety of colourful paper designs at REdesigner’s station
People who came to the event, and to others in the past, have a lot of enthusiasm to create.
Parascha said the whole point of the Fashion Revolution is to work for the rights of exploited fashion workers. They want companies to provide workers with a living wage and increase their transparency level.
“I think we’re headed on the right track here,” she said.